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Thus 38 Alternative Views of Economy in Economic Anthropology when one begins to consider the state's intervention in areas defined as marginal or underdeveloped, the end result of the state's activity is often to recreate the material conditions of production wherein surplus value can continue to be extracted at minimal cost. REVISIONISM: CLASSICAL MARXISM RECONSIDERED While at the moment in time that everyone becomes pleased and satisfied with the French school's efforts some ominous detractors appear on the scene.
The levels are 'relatively autonomous' and the political and cultural levels may exercise a reciprocal effect on the economy. Thus, classical Marxism has a definite conception of the necessary structure of society. A society is conceived as a social formation, an articulated structure of three interdependent levels, dominated by the structure of a particular mode of production consisting of an economic, a political-legal and a cultural level. e. economic) always plays a primary role, that of 'determination in the last instance'.
In the opposition to dependency theory (which is hardly a sustainable opposition), what may evolve is the consideration that participation in the world capitalist system requires that capitalist relations of production are reproduced irrespective of precise structure of integration. Thus when we refer to questions of development in the Third World we are essentially talking about the process of widening capitalist relations of production and increasing the labour base from which surplus value J.
Beyond the New Economic Anthropology by John Clammer